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By April 4, 2019 July 9th, 2020 No Comments

The Power of Green Smoothies

Many of us go through a spring cleaning where we go through the house, the closets and clear out items and clothing that we have grown out of or will not use anymore. The same should go for our fridge and pantry! We need to let go of the warming, heavier foods that got us through the cold winter and start introducing lighter, greener foods!

Once spring arrives our nutritionists recommend having a green smoothie every morning, as it is packed with macro and micronutrients and can give you the much needed energy boost to start off your morning! Green smoothies are so simple to make -the blender does most of the work! We challenge you to try to have 1 green smoothy every day for a week and see how much more energy and stamina you have! Basic green smoothie outline:

•1 frozen banana

• 2 pieces or 2 cups of chopped fruit

• A generous handful of dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, mixed baby greens, celery, )

• 2 cups water

Make it your own

You can add some extras to make each smoothie fun, nutritious and your own. Here are some items that we recommend to add into your smoothy;

Flavour boosters: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla bean powder, cocoa carob powder

Super foods: spirulina or other green powders, maca powder, goji berries

Fiber: ground flaxseed, chia seed

Protein: hemp seeds, protein powder

Make it creamy: natural nut/seed butters, avocado, frozen cauliflower

Sweeteners: stevia leaf powder, raw honey, natural maple syrup

Version 1

1 frozen banana

1 apple

½ cup frozen pineapple

2 cups water

2 handfuls of torn kale

½ tsp spirulina

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Version 2

1 frozen banana

1 apple

juice of 1 orange

2 cups water

2 cups baby spinach

1 tsp spirulina

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp ground chia seed

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Version 3

1 frozen banana

2 cups frozen berries

2 cups water

2 large romaine lettuce leaves

1 tsp spirulina

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

2 tbsp hemp seeds